Boeing has delivered Korean Airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner, making the Seoul-based carrier the first based in its nation to operate the 787-9 Dreamliner in the country.
The airline is scheduled to launch domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul's Gimpo airport for a month as part of the required certification period, before launching long-haul international routes to Toronto, Madrid, and Zurich, Switzerland this year, officials said.
Korean Air is scheduled to introduce five 787-9 Dreamliners to its fleet this year with another five joining the fleet by 2019.
"The 787 Dreamliner will be a key member of Korean Air's fleet as we continue to introduce next-generation airplanes to our customers," Korean Air President Walter Cho said. "The aircraft is fuel-efficient, quiet, has lower operating costs and is spacious and very elegant. The cabin features are impressive and will ensure maximum comfort for Korean Air's passengers."
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the second member of the 787 family. Both the 787-8 and 787-9 bring the economics of large jets to the middle of the market, with 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace, according to Boeing officials.